Monday July 29 | 7 pm
Église de la Purification De Repentigny
Christian Tetzlaff’s last appearance in Lanaudière dates back to 2014. One of the best in the world, this German violinist returns to the Festival for one of his rare North American visits – his only one this summer in Canada – in a unique program of works from Bach to Kurtág that are among the key oeuvres of the solo violin repertoire.
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Christian TETZLAFF, violin
Eugène YSAŸE Sonata for Solo Violin No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Johann Sebastian BACH Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
György KURTÁG Signs, Games, and Messages (excerpts):
Hommage à J.S.B.
In memoriam Tamás Blum
The Carenza Jig
Béla BARTÓK Sonata for Solo Violin
An artist known for his musical integrity, technical assurance, and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Christian Tetzlaff has for many years been internationally recognized as one of the most sought after violinists and exciting musicians on the classical music scene.
Concerts with Mr. Tetzlaff often turn into an existential experience for both the interpreter and the audience; suddenly familiar works appear in a completely new light. From the outset of his career, Mr. Tetzlaff has performed and recorded a broad spectrum of the repertoire, ranging from Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to 19th century masterworks by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Brahms; and from 20th century concertos by Bartók, Berg and Shostakovich to world premieres of contemporary works such as the Jorg Widmann Violin Concerto. A dedicated chamber musician, he founder of the Tetzlaff Quartet, which he formed in 1994 with violinist Elisabeth Kufferath, violist Hanna Weinmeister and his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff.
During the 18/19 season, Christian Tetzlaff worked with the orchestras of Boston, Cleveland and San Francisco as well as with the London Symphony and Munich Philharmonic among many others and was Artist-in-Residence at Wigmore Hall in London.
Christian Tetzlaff has received numerous awards for his many recordings, including the “Diapason d’or” in July 2018, the Midem Classical Award in 2017, and the “Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” in 2015. Most recently, his recording of the Bartók Violin Concertos with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Hannu Lintu was chosen as the Gramophone Concerto Recording of the Year. Of special significance is his recording of the unaccompanied Bach Sonatas and Partitas, which he recorded for the third time in September 2017 for Ondine.
Born in Hamburg in 1966, music occupied a central place in his family and his three siblings are all professional musicians. He did not begin intensive study of the violin until making his concert debut playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto at the age of 14 and attributes the establishment of his musical outlook to his teacher at the conservatory in Lübeck, Uwe-Martin Haiberg, for whom musical interpretation was the key to violin technique, rather than the other way around.
Christian Tetzlaff currently performs on a violin modeled after a Guarneri del Gesu made by the German violin maker, Peter Greiner.